Naypyidaw - updates

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Myanmar army chief denies rape of Rohingya as UN visits

May 01, 2018 - 2:11 PM

Rohingya women and girls in Bangladesh have provided consistent accounts of sexual violence – reports verified by conflict monitors – but Min Aung Hlaing says his forces have 'no such history of sexual abuse'

ON ROHINGYA. Myanmar military commander-in-chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing speaks during the second day of 'Sin Phyu Shin' joint military exercises in the Ayeyarwaddy delta region on February 3, 2018. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/AFP

Myanmar's Suu Kyi, Kerry walk tightrope over 'Rohingya' question

May 22, 2016 - 2:14 PM

UPDATED Secretary of State John Kerry s meeting with Myanmar s Aung San Suu Kyi is the United States first high level talks with the new civilian government

US Secretary of State John Kerry speaks during a lecture at Singapore Management University (SMU) in Singapore on August 4, 2015. Asia-Pacific countries negotiating a vast free-trade pact are "nearing completion" of a landmark agreement, US Secretary of State John Kerry said August 4, days after delegates failed to seal the deal in Hawaii. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN

Angelina Jolie, Suu Kyi meet women garment workers in Myanmar

Aug 01, 2015 - 6:37 PM

Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie and opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi speak to workers about their living and working conditions as well as their aspirations for further education

LABOR RIGHTS. US actress and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Angelina Jolie (C-R) and Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (C) meet with factory workers at a women's hostel in the HlaingTharYar township in Yangon, Myanmar, August 1, 2015. Angelina Jolie is on a six days visit to Myanmar as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador. Photo by Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Timeline of major political events in Myanmar

Jul 09, 2015 - 12:03 AM

Here is a chronology of key recent political events in Myanmar:

Dr. Ashin Nyanissara (L), chancellor of the Sitagu International Buddhist Acedamy(SIBA) talks with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi (R) during the opening ceremony of the centennial anniversary of her father General Aung San in NatMauk township (birthplace of General Aung San), Magwe division, central Myanmar, 13 February 2015. Photo by Pyae Sone Aung/EPA

Some Myanmar reforms in 'slowdown' – Obama

Nov 12, 2014 - 11:59 PM

Progress has not come as fast as many had hoped when the transition began four years ago Obama says in an interview with The Irrawaddy

Obama in Myanmar to throw weight behind stuttering reforms

Nov 12, 2014 - 10:04 PM

Obama who will meet Southeast Asian leaders and attend the East Asia Summit in the purpose built capital of Naypyidaw signals he would throw his political might into re igniting the democratic process

US President Barack Obama alights from Air Force One as he arrives in Naypyidaw International Airport in Myanmar on November 12, 2014. Obama landed in the capital of Naypyidaw for a two-night visit after leaving Beijing, where he announced a major climate change deal with Chinese President Xi Jinping. AFP PHOTO / YE AUNG THU

Myanmar convenes historic talks ahead of 2015 vote

Oct 31, 2014 - 12:00 PM

UPDATED Thein Sein and Suu Kyi begin talks that are the first of their kind in the country as it moves to emerge from decades of outright military rule

TALKS. Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Hospitality and Carering Training Academy (HCTA) in Kawmhu, ourskirts of Yangon, Myanmar, 25 October 2014. Nyein Chan Naing/EPA

Myanmar showcases reforms at ASEAN diplomatic debut

May 10, 2014 - 12:43 PM

The country prepares to host the ASEAN Summit on Sunday May 11

SUMMIT PREPS. A motorbike passes under the gateway decorated for 24th ASEAN Summit in Naypyitaw, Myanmar on May 9, 2014. Photo by EPA/Lynn Bo Bo

ASEAN leaders meet as high-seas tensions rise

May 08, 2014 - 1:01 PM

High seas tensions with China and the dismissal of Thai premier Yingluck Shinawatra test the ASEAN s ability to stand together

Myanmar army role to be 'gradually' decreased – president

Mar 26, 2014 - 9:17 PM

President Thein Sein a general turned reformer reaffirms his support for a strong military in the former junta run country

IN TRANSITION. Myanmar President Thein Sein arrives to deliver a speech on the last day of the 9th session of Myanmar's parliament in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. Photo by Lynn Bo Bo/ EPA

PH sports chief frets over Myanmar blasts ahead of games

Oct 18, 2013 - 2:55 PM

Philippine Sports Commission chief Richie Garcia expressed concern over recent bombings in Myanmar ahead of the Southeast Asian Games

MYANMAR GAMES. Philippine Sports Commission chief Richie Garcia was concerned about over recent bombings in Myanmar ahead of the Southeast Asian Games there

Myanmar leader gives first New Year address

Jan 01, 2013 - 5:12 PM

Myanmar President Thein Sein on Tuesday called for mutual trust between the ruling regime and the people in his first New Year address since taking power and ushering in sweeping reforms

Suu Kyi takes seat in parliament

Jul 09, 2012 - 6:13 AM

It comes amid expectations that several senior hardliners are to be replaced by reformists in an imminent cabinet reshuffle that would mark the first major change of personnel in the top echelons of government since it replaced junta rule in 2011